La La Land is full of things I love: music, romance, missed connections, drama, dreams—all of this, and yet I couldn't love this film; I like it a lot, but there is something off about how closely this fits my tastes—so close that I felt not like I was watching something new but rewatching something I had seen a thousand times . . . And I can like a film a million times, but I'll only love it once.
What is a film if not an experience? I do not watch a film solely for the narrative in the same sense I do not read a novel with the end all and be all being the plot. People look for the worst in everything and blind themselves with lenses of superiority. I enjoy seeing many that discredit a film for being pretentious. You can read Dostoevsky and dismiss it under the same pretense. The beauty is in the prose,…